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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 2 — Jan. 10, 2013
  • pp: 139–149

Size and shape effects on the nonlinear optical behavior of silver nanoparticles for power limiters

Olivier Muller, Stefanie Dengler, Gunnar Ritt, and Bernd Eberle  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 2, pp. 139-149 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.52.000139


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Abstract

The optical limiting behavior of silver nanoparticles with different sizes and shapes is investigated and compared to the optical limiting performance of conventional carbon black suspension (CBS). The optical limiting behavior is characterized by means of nonlinear transmittance and scattered intensity measurements when submitted to nanosecond pulsed Nd:YAG lasers operating at the fundamental or the second harmonic wavelength. We found that the optical limiting effect is strongly particle size dependent and the best performance is achieved with the smaller particles. Moreover, it is shown that the surface plasmon resonance is not the main effect responsible for the nonlinear processes. A theoretical model based on the computation of the Mie scattering functions is exposed, and it is shown that the experimental results can be well explained from the calculations.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(160.0160) Materials : Materials
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(330.0330) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision, color, and visual optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 26, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 5, 2012
Published: January 4, 2013

Virtual Issues
Vol. 8, Iss. 2 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Olivier Muller, Stefanie Dengler, Gunnar Ritt, and Bernd Eberle, "Size and shape effects on the nonlinear optical behavior of silver nanoparticles for power limiters," Appl. Opt. 52, 139-149 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-52-2-139


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